Malaysia Travel Guide

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Why You’ll Love Malaysia

Its Food – Malaysia along with Singapore is unique among Southeast Asian countries when it comes to its food. It’s a melting pot of flavors: Chinese, Indian, Malay, and European. The flavors are complex and the ingredients fresh. Eating in Malaysia at hawker centers is a fun and unique experience.

The Malaysian people – Out of all the countries that I’ve traveled to, I’d say Malaysia has the friendliest people I’ve ever met. So many times I found locals coming up to me to ask if I needed help and then wanting to talk to me and get to know me. They weren’t just talking to me because they wanted to sell me something.

The architecture – I wanted to be an architect when I was younger. So while some people visit amusement parks, I spend my travels searching for buildings. Malaysia has these fascinating shophouses with a mixture of Chinese and European design. These shophouses had been neglected for many years, and just recently, they’ve been remodeled to show people their original beauty.

Heritage Hotels – Malaysia had some of my favorite hotels and hostels where I’ve stayed in Southeast Asia. In Melaka and Penang, you can find lots of affordable boutique hotels that were once shophouses. They’re filled with so much character and color. Kuala Lumpur has my favorite hostel in all of Southeast Asia—Backhome Hostel.

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How to Travel from Singapore to Malaysia by Bus

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10 Great Books On Malaysia

Malaya, with its mix of Malays, Chinese, and Indians, is full of spirits: a looking-glass world governed by unsettling rules. - The Night Tiger (2019) - By Yangsze ChooI visited Malaysia last year for 3 weeks and fell in love with the country and its friendly people,...

Where I’ve Been in Malaysia

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Articles on Malaysia

tea plantations at sunrise in the Cameron Highlands during Malaysia Itinerary

Malaysia Itinerary: 2 Weeks in Asia’s Most Underrated Destination

Malaysia ♦ Itinerary

A detailed itinerary guide on spending 2 and 3 weeks in Malaysia

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An Unforgettable 2-Days in Melaka Itinerary

Malaysia ♦ Itinerary

A detailed itinerary guide on how to spend 2 days in Melaka

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Penang Itinerary – 3 Days: From Street Food to Street Art

Malaysia ♦ Itinerary

A detailed itinerary guide on how to spend 3 days in Penang

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How to get from Singapore to Malaysia

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Step-by-step directions on how to take the bus between Singapore and Malaysia

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Books on Malaysia: A Reading List for the Armchair Traveler

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A reading list of books to read to help you escape to Malaysia

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